This section of our reporting explores the culture across Canada and how this is represented within our public policy and government.
There is no single Canadian culture, but rather a rich tapestry of diverse customs and traditions that have been woven together over the centuries. Canada is home to many different ethnic groups, each with their own unique heritage. As a result, Canadian culture is constantly evolving, adapted to the ever-changing demographics of our country. Across the provinces, there are also significant regional differences in culture. In Quebec, for example, French is the predominant language and many of the customs and traditions have roots in French culture. In contrast, English Canadian culture has been heavily influenced by the British.
These differing cultural traditions help to make Canada a truly dynamic and vibrant country.
Tensions in the history of colonization and migration reflects the perennial challenge of reconciling unity with diversity, and opportunity and freedom with equality and the nurturing of community and close ties.
If ever there was a sign that we are spending too much time indoors away from genuine human contact, it is the idea that of all the countries in the world, Canada is the one with such an outrageous history of violence and oppression that we ought to cancel the annual national holiday.
It seems we are doomed to emulate the Romans after all, not at their height but in the centuries after the barbarians sacked their cities. Except, in our case, we’ve done the work of the barbarians ourselves.
Keeping Canada together means keeping it connected and overcoming the brute facts of our geography. This means transportation infrastructure plays a big role in both nation building and national preservation.